Scenes from A Christmas Carol, Sunday, December 3, 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 am
Join us the first Sunday in Advent for scenes from Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol at all three of our morning services.
Celebrate Advent: Hope, Love, Joy & Peace, Sunday, December 3, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Join this inter-generational celebration as we worship together, and then engage in activity stations to help us discover the significance behind the advent candles of hope, love, joy, and peace. We’ll begin with a children-led worship service in the Sanctuary at 3 pm. After worship, spend some time at our activity stations making your own advent wreath with live greenery, simple decorations, and candles, singing & making a joyful noise, creating crafts of love and peace, helping in a service project of hope, and enjoying cookies & cocoa in fellowship. The entire church family and friends are invited to participate, with activities for all ages to enjoy. To help offset the cost of the advent wreath, there is a $10 suggested donation. Click HERE to register online.
Christmas Care & Conversation, Sunday, December 17, 5:30 pm
An evening of conversation and prayer for those who have had a particularly hard year.
Christmas Eve Services: Sunday, December 24
Bring your family and friends to St. Stephen’s on Christmas Eve for candles, carols, and reflection to rediscover the hope and joy of celebrating the best news of all this Christmas season. There are several different worship expressions that are outlined below to help you choose the one that’s right for you!
9:00 am Traditional Lessons and Carols
10:00 am Living Nativity
Come and meet Jesus, his parents and the whole cast of characters at the manger — including the donkey, camel, sheep & goats! A wonderful way to make the story of Christmas come to life!
11:00 am Children’s Lessons and Carols
5:00 pm Contemporary Service
This service features the Source Band and a more casual atmosphere with some traditional worship elements as a relevant message is shared, Holy Communion is offered, and the community participates in its most cherished tradition of passing the candlelight while singing “Silent Night.”
7:00 pm Love Feast in the Wesleyan tradition
This service features an informal setting in the Sanctuary with special food, the Bits and Pieces Choir, and Christmas Carols.
9:00 pm Traditional Candlelight & Communion
This service features our full Chancel Choir and is a jubilant and sacred worship service that ushers in Christ’s birth!
Gift to the Manger:
On Christmas Eve, December 24, at all five services, we will invite everyone to make a special “Gift to the Manger” to help homeless individuals and families into permanent housing and keep them there. In 2016 we received more than $40,000 for this purpose, and we have helped over 30 homeless family units (some individuals, some families) to find permanent housing since 2013. Special envelopes will be provided on Christmas Eve, and all gifts will be used for this homelessness-to-housing ministry in 2018. If you are not planning to attend Christmas Eve worship at St. Stephen’s, you may contribute to this transformative ministry by marking your offering for “Gift to the Manger,” or “Homeless Ministry.”